Ting Ting

Ting Ting From the publisher s website Eight year old Ting misses her parents but her comfortable life in China hasn t changed too much since they both went away to Canada She s living with loving relatives wh

  • Title: Ting Ting
  • Author: Kristie Hammond
  • ISBN: 9781550392104
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the publisher s website Eight year old Ting misses her parents, but her comfortable life in China hasn t changed too much since they both went away to Canada She s living with loving relatives who care for her like their own child even though her cousin is so annoying She goes to the same school with the same classes, including boring history and loads of homeworFrom the publisher s website Eight year old Ting misses her parents, but her comfortable life in China hasn t changed too much since they both went away to Canada She s living with loving relatives who care for her like their own child even though her cousin is so annoying She goes to the same school with the same classes, including boring history and loads of homework She has the same friends and the same favourites hawthorn berry candy and sticky taffy, outings to the park, visits with her grandfather in the country If only she could be with her parents, life would be perfect When Ting is reunited with her parents, it s not what she hoped for After the Tiananmen Square disaster, the Chinese government has become suspicious of all students It isn t safe for Ting s parents to come home, so Ting must travel to Canada to be with them In a matter of days, her whole life is turned upside down She s living in a strange country in a tiny, bare apartment, and she sleeps on an old sofa She doesn t understand a word at school Everything is new and puzzling and just plain difficult She s even teased about the affectionate name her family calls her Ting Ting.But Ting is brave and hardworking and soon graduates from the English learners class She discovers new favourites doughnuts, hockey and the red haired Anne in the book her teacher is reading She makes a friend and sees a glimmer of hope to finally belong in this new country a world away from China But how can she make her parents understand Kristie Hammond has crafted a heartwarming tale of a young Chinese immigrant s step by step entry into a new country and new life Her character s plucky determination will inspire new and old Canadians alike

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    1. For this assignment I choose to do a letter correspondence between the main character Ting and her mother. The reason I choose this was because Ting is separated from her parents during the Tiananmen Square massacre. The first two letters are letters that were written, but blocked by the Chinese government based on these events.Ting: a young Chinese girl who is separated from her parents when her father goes to study abroad, only to end up joining them in Canada.Mama: Ting's mother who despite m [...]

    2. Other immigration stories I’ve read started with the protagonist arriving in Canada or already living in Canada. Kristie Hammond starts her story with Ting in China. Having readers spend time with Ting there allows them to get to know her in her home and culture. This helps readers grasp the depth of courage needed to wave goodbye to the only home she’d ever known, and to understand how frightening and overwhelming the transition to Canada is for young Ting. The unknowns, the language barrie [...]

    3. In this book, Ting misses her parents. She is living with her relatives her treat ting like she is their own. She has friends, visits family and has a normal life as would any other child. The only thing is Ting misses her parents. When Ting is finally reunited with her parents, its not what she has hoped for. When she travels to be with them, her entire life is turned upside down. The Chinese government is changing everything. She's living in a small apartment and doesn't understand anything in [...]

    4. After her mother and father decide that she should join them in Canada where her father is studying, Ting Ting finds that life there is very different. Not only must she deal with new customs, a different language, and having no extended family members around, but she must deal with living in an economically reduced situation. I liked how the author described honestly the struggles Ting Ting and her family faced but also managed to find some joy and kindness among their new neighbors. Once again [...]

    5. I loved it! I could really relate to Ting's trepidation about being in a new country and watching everyone carefully to learn how to behave and what to do.When she used a fork for the first time it reminded me of when I was in Thailand as an exchange student, and learning to eat noodle soup with chopsticks - noodles are very slippery! Ting's sense of isolation felt real too, and the pull between keeping her Chinese parents happy and fitting in with her new friends at school. And her sense of acc [...]

    6. I really, really enjoyed this book. Written for younger readers I read it thinking it might be a good one to read a future classroom of children, but I became completely enchanted by the story and the main character Ting Ting, and couldn't put it down. I really appreciated that the story started with Ting in China and that we got a window into the many stages of her emigration to Canada. This will definitely be a story I read my next class - the struggles that Ting faced in her new country, with [...]

    7. I need to say upfront that I've been a follower of Kristie Hammond's blog for years and am probably biased in favor of her succeeding as an author. That being said, I enjoyed Ting Ting so much that I read the entire book in one sitting on the day it arrived in my mail box. The writing is geared toward pre-teens/young adults, so it only took a couple hours to read. The trials and triumphs of this little Chinese girl made me alternately smile, laugh out loud, and shed a few tears. And that's how I [...]

    8. Ting's scholar father is away studying in Canada when Mama announces she will be going to visit him, leaving Ting Ting in China with her Yimas. While Mama is away, events in Tianamen Square will prevent both of her parents' return. Ting's only choice is to travel to Canada alone to reunite the family. The immigration story is done very well: combining Chinese family values against Ting's Canadian experiences is particularly evocative and sensitively experienced.

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